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10:00 PM on 01.30.2015

Animator Expo's eleventh short unleashes TRIGGER and Rikka's kaiju

Wow. That was fast. I didn't expect to see Studio TRIGGER involved in another Animator Expo short. Unlike their previous piece, the company's teaming up with Studio Rikka (Time of Eve, Pale Cocoon) to bring us PP33: Power Pla...

Salvador GRodiles


Mistwalker's mobile-RPG Terra Battle has surpassed 1.5 million downloads worldwide

Unlock new "adventurers" from iconic Final Fantasy character designer Yoshitaka Amano and a new scenario from Yasumi Matsuno, designer of Final Fantasy XII. Also, Terra Battle received the highly anticipated online co-op mode update that allows players to work together to clear stages and adds summons to the battlefield. More Info.

Annotated Anime: Kantai Collection episode 4 photo
Annotated Anime: Kantai Collection episode 4
by Josh Tolentino

It's not always easy to accept when a show doesn't meet up with our expectations. We form a picture of what it "should be" in our heads, and when it goes in a different direction, one of two things usually happens:

1. We delight in the novelty of uncertainty.

2. We resent it not being what we wanted it to be.

Risking the #2 scenario is especially perilous when it comes to making a moe anime, as most otaku really don't watch these kinds of shows to be made anxious about the future. 

That in mind, it's not surprising that the sudden sinking of Kisaragi last week left a sour taste in many a Kan Colle fan's mouth. "What happened to my comfy show about cute boat girls?!", they asked all over the internet.

The answer it seems, was that it was all just waiting for Kongou to show up.

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 16 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 16
by Josh Tolentino

Despite its reputation for grit and mature storytelling about deep subjects like war and..stuff, the extended Gundam franchise is host to a great many ludicrous and silly things. For me, one of the silliest things about Gundam, especially the original Gundam series, is the Core Block System.

For those unfamiliar, it's that system that allows a little transforming plane (the "Core Fighter") to form the "abs" of the original Gundam, which would assemble the legs, head, and upper torso around it. Given the original series' reputation as pioneering a concept of giant robots in a military, wartime context, the Core Block System and its combining glory feels like a weird holdover from the Super Robot days, where every robot assembled itself with an eye towards spectacle more than practicality.

Thank goodness for Minato Sakai and his Build Busters teammates, then.

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OP Up! Super Robot Edition photo
OP Up! Super Robot Edition
by Red Veron

Welcome to the first edition of OP Up!, a weekly selection of anime opening videos that is here to help you get through your Wednesday to the end of the week. This week's theme is about Super Robot anime and the many opening sequences that get you ready for some overpowered giant mecha beating up on some alien baddies.

This first video above is from the grand daddy of all super robots. Tetsujin 28-go is one of the earliest Japanese animated shows to be adapted for US audiences. Known in the US as Gigantor when it was brought over, the 1963 show Tetsujin 28-go is based off the 1956 manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama.

Tetsujin 28-go is a bit different from what we consider a Super Robot show nowadays. Instead of being inside the robot and yelling out his robotic super moves, Shotaro Kaneda, the young detective boy protagonist of Tetsujin 28-go (not to be confused with Kaneda from Akira), controls the the titular super robot with a handheld remote control device (while wearing those short detective shorts) and beating up on monsters of the week. Just look at that opening video, it's from a time that most you readers' parents weren't even born yet.

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10:00 AM on 01.27.2015

Buy some Japanese navy propaganda, get a free Arpeggio sticker

Think "Military-Entertainment Complex", and videogames like Call of Duty or even the actual U.S. Army-sponsored shooter America's Army comes to mind. That's not the only way cross-promotion can happen though. ...

Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Kantai Collection episode 3 photo
Annotated Anime: Kantai Collection episode 3
by Josh Tolentino

If you thought Kan Colle was just going to be about cute girls displacing not nearly enough water for their supposed channeling of old warship souls, episode 3 is here to toss some water on that notion. And it's not the magic water from a repair bucket either.

Indeed, it's episode 3 that takes what may be a hard left turn into unexpected-yet-historically-accurate drama, though at this early stage it's impossible to tell if it's a trend that will hold (thus threatening to make Kan Colle a more interesting TV series, or break, allowing it and its viewers to remain in safe, comfortable waters.

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Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 25-27 photo
Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 25-27
by Josh Tolentino

It's been far too long, but after its season-long hiatus, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has returned to the airwaves! 

And neither Joseph Joestar's Stand-user party nor the hardworking folks at David Production are wasting any time getting back in the saddle, as they dive into Egypt to hunt down Dio Brando once and for all.

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9:00 PM on 01.23.2015

Awaken your Samurai Soul with Animator Expo's tenth short

Is it just me, or has Animator Expo been on an amazing roll lately? After impressing us with TRIGGER's Gridman anime piece, Graphinica's (YuriKuma Arashi and Rage of Bahamut: Genesis' special effects) ready to take a shot at ...

Salvador GRodiles

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 15 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 15
by Josh Tolentino

It hasn't even been 24 hours since the last Build Fighters Try recap, but let's get this train going. After all, we've finally arrived at...THE NATIONALS.

Let's fighting!

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Contest: Ring in the New Year with this Right Stuf giveaway! [Updated] photo
Contest: Ring in the New Year with this Right Stuf giveaway! [Updated]
by Josh Tolentino

[Update: The contest is over, and congratulations to Japanator Community Member Gnikdrazil! We'll be contacted soon at the email address you used to register to Japanator with more details!]

It's January 9th, but sometimes it just doesn't feel like the new year's quite begun yet, doesn't it? Maybe some brand-new, absolutely free anime box sets can wipe 2014's haze from your mind? Thanks to our friends at Right Stuf, your house for hot deals, you've got the opportunity to test the notion out!

From right this moment until January 16th at 23:30 CST, all you have to do is post your New Year's resolution in the comments for a chance to win copies of Space Adventure Cobra: The Original Series Part 1, Cat's Eye Season 1, and the just-released Fantastic Detective Labyrinth DVD Collection! Three hot box sets for the price of nada, and all you have to do is confess your plans for 2015.

Oh, you also have to comment using your Japanator account (and make one if you don't have one yet), and be living in the U.S. or Canada (sorry, international readers!). You've got just under six days to enter, so don't delay!

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try eps. 13-14 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try eps. 13-14
by Josh Tolentino

Watching Build Fighters Try is fascinating, not just because it's a fun, well-produced piece of mecha entertainment, puppy love and Fumina reaction-face gallery, but also to compare it to the first Build Fighters season and see just how the Build Fighters brand has evolved over the weeks and months.

Sunrise's sophomore gunpla battle effort is both an effective continuation of its predecessor's legacy, but like its characters, mecha, and setting, it's also a different sort of beast, with different goals and ambitions.

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8:00 AM on 01.20.2015

Momoiro Clover Z vs. Kiss' insanely amazing music video has entered the scene

At long last, Momoiro Clover Z's YouTube channel finally uploaded the music video for "Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina," which features the colorful group alongside Kiss. To top things off, Sushio's animation was scrumptious...

Salvador GRodiles

First Impressions: Kantai Collection ~Kan Colle~ photo
First Impressions: Kantai Collection ~Kan Colle~
by Josh Tolentino

The first episode of Kantai Collection kicks off with what might be regarded as an almost galling display of pretentiousness: Against a black background, a serious-voiced woman recites the Gosei, a set of five meditative precepts laid out by Imperial Japanese Navy Vice Admiral Hajime Matsushita. To this day, naval students at Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Forces are encouraged to reflect on them every evening.

For better or worse, the material that follows doesn't anywhere near that level of consideration, but if nothing else, Kantai Collection puts on a good display as a properly entertaining anime about cute girls wearing big guns. 

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7:00 PM on 01.16.2015

TRIGGER shows off their toku side in Animator Expo's ninth short

Oh my. I never imagined that we would see an anime short that's based off of an existing toku show on Amimator Expo's Website. Based on the quality of the project's recent piece, one could tell that Studio TRIGGER's Gridman a...

Salvador GRodiles

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 13 photo
Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 13
by Jeff Chuang

With the new year break behind us, it's time to hit the ground running at Musani. With Honda's departure and the new anime project for Third Aerial Girls Squad secured, Aoi gets thrown right in the fire as the lead production desk. How will team Musani sprint to the finish line, one which is a year away?

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First Impressions: Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! photo
First Impressions: Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!
by Josh Tolentino

Magical Boys. 

As I mentioned back in our Winter 2015 Preview Guide, just mentioning the concept drives home just how golden it is. There's so much potential in the idea of a Magical Boy show, with all the trappings and tropes that make Magical Girl shows so evergreen, that it might just be a bad indicator of the state of the industry if it took this long for it to happen.

That's not to say that Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! gets away on premise alone. True to the legacy of Director Shinji "Daily Lives of High School Boys" Takamatsu and writer Michio "Shirobako" Yokote, the misadventures of the Battle Lovers make for the funniest anime viewing of the season. 

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